After an injury to Josh Koscheck scrapped the Bellator 148 main event, officials have announced a new headline bout and several prelim fights.
Set for January 29, Paul Daley will take on Andy Uhrich in the headline bout.
Below is the press release and current lineup:
An injury sustained by Josh Koscheck (17-10) during training camp has derailed his Bellator MMA debut against Matt Secor (7-2), which was slated to be the main event of “Bellator 148” on January 29 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
As a result, British knockout artist Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) against Andy Uhrich (11-5) will now serve as the headliner. Furthermore, a newly announced heavyweight encounter featuring Raphael Butler (9-1) against Tony Johnson (9-2) has been added to the main card.
The “Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich” preliminary card is also continuing to take shape, with the news that Ilima Macfarlane (2-0) meets Amber Tackett (1-1) in flyweight action during a preliminary card that will stream LIVE on Bellator.com.
In addition to the aforementioned contests, Mason Fowler (2-0) meets Idrees Wasi (1-3) in welterweight action, Mark Dickman (10-2) takes on Thomas Diagne (5-5-1) at 145-pounds, and Paul Ruiz (6-2) fights Josh San Diego (5-1) in a bantamweight feature bout. Additional preliminary fights will be announced shortly, as will one final main card contest.
“Bellator 148: Daley vs. Uhrich” airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile Appat 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event start at only $25 and are on sale at the Save Mart Center Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.
Macfarlane made a splash during her Bellator MMA debut back in August; defeating a game Maria Rios via split decision. The San Diego native is best known for her finish of Katie Castro during a regional event in the beginning of 2015, but she has made it clear during numerous interviews, as well as her performance inside the cage that she’s more than just some viral sensation. For a deeper dive on Macfarlane, look no further than these two pieces written by Bleacher Report and ESPN. Standing opposite of Macfarlane will be Tackett, who lives a short jaunt away from Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and has fought twice professionally since 2008.
2015 didn’t go as planned for Raphael Butler. The former professional boxer was forced to sit idle after Lorenzo Hood withdrew from their scheduled bout at “Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz” shortly before they were supposed to enter the cage. But now it’s 2016, and the 31-year-old has big plans, beginning with his “Bellator 148: Koscheck vs. Secor” foe, Tony Johnson. Fresh off a victory against former Bellator MMA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov, Johnson will once again look to implore his standout wrestling pedigree against a known striker to secure another victory.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich
Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Paul Bradley
Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Female Featherweight: Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett
Featherweight: Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy
Heavyweight: Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Featherweight: Art Arcienega vs. Justin Smiley
Welterweight: Mason Fowler vs. Idrees Wasi
Featherweight: Mark Dickman vs. Thomas Diagne
Bantamweight: Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego